Escobar in the starting lineup following birth of son

Plans to fly home Friday, return for Sunday's finale

Escobar in the starting lineup following birth of son

CHICAGO -- Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar shared good news with manager Paul Molitor on Friday morning.

Escobar's fiancée delivered the couple's first child, a boy named Jose, on Friday.

Yet, Escobar was in no immediate rush to return home to Minnesota. He wanted to play Friday in the Twins' game against the White Sox. He planned to fly home after the game and return for Sunday's series finale.

"He was obviously very excited," Molitor said. "He spoke to me through [assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez] that his [fiancée] wants him to play today. That's what he wants to do. Different people handle things differently."

Escobar batted second and started at shortstop on Friday in the White Sox home opener.

"We talked about it all spring," Molitor said. "If Escobar wasn't going to make the lineup as a regular, we were going to try to find him as much playing time as we can."

Sarah Trotto is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.